Arizona voters will vote on changes to judicial selection

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The Judicial Update

April 29, 2011

Arizona: The Arizona State Legislature has approved SCR 1001, which will appear on the ballot this November. If it passes, the bill would increase the terms of judges from six to eight years and the retirement age to 75 from 70. In addition to these changes, the State Bar of Arizona will be allowed to appoint only one of five attorneys to a judicial nominating commission. Currently, the governor appoints five attorneys that are vetted by the bar association.[1]

The bill came about as a priority of the conservative dominated legislature, which is critical of the alleged liberal bias of the organization. The final bill was a compromise between the bar and the legislature. Allowing state governments more control over the judicial appointment process has been a recent theme across the state legislatures in the nation this year.[1]